If you are a young couple setting up home estate sales are good places to buy furniture, quirky pieces or collectibles if you keep your eyes and ears open.
It is always possible to get a bargain as estate sales are more democratic than art auctions. Plus auctions are always fun to see irrational exuberance set in also known as auction fever!
Remember the bids go up very fast because its in the auctioneer’s interest so stay firm on the final price you are willing to pay and walk away if you don’t get a coveted piece.
With online bidding and absentee bids (you set the final price in advance and the auctioneer bids for you) getting popular it is becoming increasingly easy to participate in auctions.
Laura Hamilton’s estate sale organized by Pundole Gallery kicks off today, tomorrow and day after. It has some interesting pieces, some well priced furniture and some kitsch to choose from.
There is also an art auction clubbed with this -I saw a beautiful early Sabavala, and some early Laxma Gouds on display,some company school paintings and a 21 illustrative set of Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat interpreted by a British illustrator so don’t be surprised to see ladies in gowns!
Here are some pictures from the viewing at NCPA. All opening prices ,bidding forms and lots on display are available online at http://www.pundoles.com/